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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Shut the front dough ... and don’t let me leave. Rachel's Bake Shop

Queen Creek and the surrounding San Tan Valley are fortunate to have Rachel’s Bake Shop as a community partner. As an honor graduate from Le Cordon Blue in Scottsdale Chef Rachel Broughten is an accomplished executive pastry chef who already is making her mark with some of the best desserts in the Valley. Besides, we deserve some sweetness in our lives ... right?

In the business world today there are not many that can actually make you smile and feel good either by receiving or giving. I remember the first time I met Rachel at a Greater San Tan Valley Chamber of Commerce function. The paint was still wet on her bake shop yet she took the time to come to our event. I thought ... wow finally a bake shop! We really need a good bakery. Rachel has been a great supporter of many causes in the valley and her work speaks for itself.

My first venture to Rachel’s was an exploratory one. Let’s check out what she’s got.  So I started buying different treats to try. Red Velvet cupcakes, brownies, fruit bars (the raspberry one is my favorite). BAM! I’m addicted. Just like that. Sugar is a powerful ingredient. 9 out of 10 dentists would probably agree that in moderation and monthly check – ups it’s OK to indulge.

One of my favorites is the Pancake cupcake. It’s frosted with a cinnamon maple
buttercream with candied bacon bits and a maple syrup drizzle. OMG. Can you imagine having this as a side to you eggs, hash browns, and bacon breakfast? Then there’s the German Chocolate brownie. Not you’re typical GC with pecans and coconut frosting. Rachel had to bring in the Valrhona cocoa from France no less so we can experience what great chocolate tastes like. And a chocolate drizzle on top. Sorry Hershey but this isn’t in your league.

I can go on and on about the Sticky Buns, Cinnamon Rolls, Cupcakes and other treats but why stop there. Did you know that she has a fabulous staff that makes designer cakes for all occasions and budgets? She can cater your next event and customize almost anything?
She has low-calorie, gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan treats so others can enjoy? They even have FREE wi-fi and a small event room to do your networking or make an impressive presentation to a cozy group.

Don’t want only sweets? Rachel has recently introduced a breakfast and lunch menu that includes breakfast sandwiches on croissants; beautiful salads; and wraps and panini’s. I happened by the other day to try the lunch menu. Rachel graciously made me a mixed panini sandwich plate so I can try the most two popular ones. 
The Italian Panini made with genoa salami, pepperoni, prosciutto with a pesto dressing and fresh mozzarella cheese pressed on French bread. The pesto really brings all the flavors together made with fresh basil, pine nuts, EVOO, and parmesan. The other half was the Caprese (vegetarian) sandwich. If you’ve never had a Caprese salad before you must try it. Fresh sliced tomato’s with fresh leaves of basil and fresh (buffalo) mozzarella cheese between the slices of tomato and drizzled with balsamic vinegar. Yummo! Now picture this on a panini with the pesto dressing. Wonderful! Now save room for dessert to eat there or take home. It’s a win-win no matter what.

Now if I were a local business that had meeting or events in-house I’d be on the phone with Rachel making an appointment for her to cater your next one. Imagine having a staff meeting, or bringing in customers or prospects to your office and having a high-quality breakfast or lunch and dessert delivered to your door from Rachel’s. It would sure impress the heck out of me.

So what are you waiting for?

Rachel’s Bake Shop
22209 S Ellsworth Road
Queen Creek, Arizona 85142
(480) 703-9641

Tue - Sat: 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sun: 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

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